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Ethnography's capacity to contribute to the cumulation of theory : a case study of strong's work on Goffman.

Hillyard, S. (2010) 'Ethnography's capacity to contribute to the cumulation of theory : a case study of strong's work on Goffman.', Journal of contemporary ethnography., 39 (4). pp. 421-440.

Abstract

This article discusses how ethnography can contribute toward the development of sociological theory. It uses a case study of one theoretical idea refined through ethnographic fieldwork—Phil Strong’s (1979; 1988) work on Erving Goffman’s theory of ceremony.The article argues that Strong effectively applied Goffman’s ideas to different settings and successfully extended Goffman’s ideas on ceremony. In doing so, Strong demonstrated how ethnography can be more productive in developing theoretical ideas, but this productivity relied on his personal enthusiasm for theory and fieldwork. Strong’s theoretical empiricism provides an exemplar of how theory and conceptual refinement can grow as a result of doing ethnography the right way.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Encounter, Ethnography, Goffman, Strong, Theory.
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (227Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0891241610366710
Publisher statement:The final definitive version of this article has been published in the journal Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 39/4, 2010 © SAGE Publications Ltd at the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography page: http://jce.sagepub.com/content/39/4/421 on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/
Record Created:05 Sep 2012 09:20
Last Modified:16 Apr 2014 14:15

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